John Kennedy, Tallahassee Democrat

John Kennedy

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Past articles by John:

DeSantis push to overhaul Florida universities advances in House

Diversity, equity and inclusion programs would be outlawed and professor tenure reviews could be more frequent under bill. → Read More

Florida Senate ready to help DeSantis stave off court challenges

A panel raced ahead with legislation that could help Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stave off court challenges to high-profile moves he made last year. → Read More

Florida lawmakers move to let gun owners carry without permit in 'Constitutional Carry' bill

Florida could become the 26th state to allow people to carry concealed loaded guns anywhere without permits under legislation endorsed Monday by House Speaker Paul Renner and the Florida Sheriffs Ass… → Read More

Florida Supreme Court in no hurry to shape future of abortion in state

The Florida Supreme Court will review a new, 15-week abortion law that Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican lawmakers are considering making even tougher. → Read More

Vice President Harris outlines new steps to defend abortion access

Vice President Kamala Harris said Sunday that President Biden will take steps protect access to medication abortion and continue to push for federal legislation to protect the procedure on the 50th a… → Read More

White House defies DeSantis with Harris Florida capital visit defending abortion rights

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been readying for a widely expected run for the Republican presidential nomination by ridiculing President Biden. → Read More

Florida House speaker pushes to open private school vouchers to all

House Speaker Paul Renner threw his support Thursday behind a measure that would make most Florida families eligible for private school vouchers. → Read More

DeSantis to push for permanent ban on Florida mandates for masks, vaccines

Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to make permanent the state's prohibitions on masks at schools and businesses' vaccine requirements. → Read More

DeSantis outlines plan in continuing fight to cut prescription drug costs

DeSantis has been battling the industry and federal government over pharmacy costs for more than three years. → Read More

Ladapo's COVID guidance termed 'highly questionable' by University of Florida colleagues

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo’s controversial guidance discouraging COVID-19 vaccines for younger men is of “highly questionable merit,” a University of Florida task force concluded. → Read More

Gov. Ron DeSantis sworn in for second term, calls Florida a 'citadel of freedom'

Gov. Ron DeSantis defended Florida families, law enforcement and parental rights, while seeking "normalcy, not philosophical lunacy." → Read More

Gov. DeSantis embarks on a second term next week with bigger political ambitions

After winning re-election by the widest margin in a Florida governor’s race in 40 years, Gov. Ron DeSantis will be sworn-in Tuesday for a second term. → Read More

Florida Supreme Court approves DeSantis call for coronavirus vaccine grand jury

The Florida Supreme Court approved Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to impanel a grand jury that will investigate questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. → Read More

Florida plagued by affordable housing shortage. Could fading shopping malls be an answer?

With Florida plagued by a shortage of affordable apartments, state lawmakers and city planners are eyeing shopping plazas emptied by the pandemic as a possible lifeline. → Read More

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs home insurance fix — certain to raise costs for many

A property insurance overhaul certain to raise premium costs for many Floridians in the coming month was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis. → Read More

New-look Florida Legislature tackles old problem — homeowners insurance

The property insurance crisis has only worsened since Hurricane Ian tore through Florida in September. → Read More

Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott launches bid to unseat McConnell as Minority Leader

Scott, a former two-term Florida governor, formally opened his challenge to McConnell the same day Trump is expected to announce bid for the presidency. → Read More

Charlie Crist was swamped by a powerful DeSantis: Was this his last run for office?

Democrat Charlie Crist’s resounding defeat by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis may mark the end of a Florida political career which spanned three decades. → Read More

With GOP sweep, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he recast Florida's political map

Buoyed by the biggest win in a Florida governor’s race in 40 years, Gov. Ron DeSantis crowed that his resounding victory was a seismic accomplishment. → Read More

Live updates: Republicans DeSantis and Rubio, and Democrats Crist and Demings, make final push

On Election Day eve, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, along with Democrat Charlie Crist and Val Demings, race to get their supporters to polls. → Read More